Visiting teachers


Guest workshops are open to everyone in the tango community, whether or not you take my regular classes. I try to bring the best teachers of social tango to Los Angeles every year so all of us can continue to grow as dancers and expand our knowledge and appreciation of this beautiful dance. These are teachers I want to study with, and I take the classes along with the students. I then review the material in my own classes so the students can practice and retain it.

All guest teachers are available for private lessons. Prices vary and discounts are available for multiple classes. Call me for information at (323) 653-5883.



Joaquin teachingBrought to Los Angeles by A Puro Tango

Joaquín Amenábar’s first two Tango Musicality Bootcamps in LA had record turn-outs and transformed the way many of us think about Tango musicality. The workshops were a revelation for all levels of dancers, and everyone—from the newest beginners to the most advanced veteran tangueros—experienced a significant improvement in their dancing. And they’re MAJOR fun!

Extremely fluent in English, Joaquín offers a remarkably clear and easy-to-understand method to open our ears to the essential structures of Tango music. He is a social dancer, bandoneón master, composer, arranger and musical educator from Buenos Aires and teaches these workshops all over the world. .Don’t miss them--they will radically improve your dance!

Linda Valentino of A Puro Tango has seen firsthand the transformation in dancers that Amenábar’s world-known musicality program brings, through simply directing the dancers’ awareness to one musical layer at the time.

We are thrilled to welcome Joaquín back for an intense, structured weekend full of discoveries that we know will raise the level of your dancing so you can create more powerful shared moments with your partners at milongas

About Joaquín
Joaquín is a rare combination: a committed social dancer who’s also a master musician (one of the “few living masters of bandoneón”) and a gifted educator who cares deeply about clear learning outcomes. He has devoted years to developing, with great attention to relevant detail, a clear Tango musicality curriculum that works, presented in his book/ DVD “Tango: Let’s Dance to the Music,” a musical education system for social dancers with no musical background. Joaquín is a conservatory professor of bandoneón in Buenos Aires; musical director and first bandoneón of the “Orquesta Típica de la Guardia Vieja” and a gifted composer and arranger. He has toured extensively in Europe teaching Tango musical education courses and we’re delighted to bring him back to LA. For more about Joaquín:!/thetangobook  Here's a beautiful review of Joaquín's workshops:



About the workshops:
• Relevant to dancers of all levels, from beginners to professionals and teachers
• Material is non-theoretical; we will be moving and dancing 90% of the time
• Emphasis on individual work; no partner needed
• No musical knowledge or training is needed. We will be using everyday language that anyone can understand.
• Workshops are progressive so we advise taking them in order to get the most out of the program
• A real bandoneon! In class! Wow!


Live Performance by Joaquín
Tuesday, July 22nd Tango Mio Milonga: A Special Live Music Performance with Joaquín. Milonga 8pm-1am. $12. At Candela (formerly Leonardo's) 831 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, 90036

$30 Per Workshop (per person)

Payment by cash, credit card or check, payable to A Puro Tango. Or register and pay online here.

TANGO TEACHERS: Contact Linda for special discounts with group registration

For more information call Linda Valentino at 323-653-5883 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Tango: Let’s Dance to the Music Book & DVD Set: $35 for Workshop Participants (normally $40 + shipping)



Workshop Locations:
FRIDAY at Hollywood Dance Center,
817 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles,90038
(1-1/2 blocks north of Melrose; free parking on both sides of Highland and behind the studio in apces behind the white buildings with green trim (please read signs).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY at Candela (formerly Leonardo's), 831 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles 90036
(1-1/2 blocks south of Wilshire Blvd; free parking on La Brea. Some unrestricted parking in the residential neighborhood around the club, but READ THE SIGNS for restrictions. (We don't want you to get a ticket!)

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE PAY AT THE DOOR. Credit cards accepted, as well as cash or check.

Friday, July 18th

Workshop 1: 8:00 - 9:30 pm: Essential Units of Tango Rhythm: Basic Musical Components. Recognizing the basic musical components of Tango rhythm in the music and adapting our dance to them. Even advanced dancers will be surprised at how much more there is to this than you realized!

Workshop 2: 9:45 - 11:15 pm: The Melody as a Rhythmic Element in Tango: Rhythms that Stretch and Sing. As Tango evolved from Milonga Campera into modern Tango, the melody became the main rhythmic element. How do we dance tango melodies? How do we change the way we dance, from phrase to phrase, to express a melody’s unique pattern of rhythmic accents?

Saturday, July 19th
Workshop 3: 1:00 - 2:30 pm: Anatomy of a Tango: Predictability and Surprise. Knowing the anatomy of a Tango allows us to predict when rhythmical changes appear, how long a certain rhythm will last, and when this will happen again: a fantastic advantage for tango improvisation, whether leading or following!


2:30 - 3:00 pm: Quick lunch break--we suggest you bring something with you.

Workshop 4: 3:00 - 4:30 pm: Milonga and Vals: Options for Single and Double Time. The main rhythmic units in Vals and Milonga are quite different than in Tango. Understand the differences and use them to the maximum while dancing! Many experienced dancers have some working knowledge or intuition about this. Revisiting the foundation will reveal new opportunities.


Workshop 5: 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm: Advanced Rhythms: Types of Syncopation: Normal Syncopation and 3-3-2.  Learn the difference between basic rhythmical units in Tango and syncopation. Recognize and dance both normal syncopation in Tango, as well as 3-3-2 syncopation, which was originally found in the old milonga campera and is enjoying a renaissance.


Sunday, July 20th

Workshop 6: 2:00 - 3:30 pm: Advanced Milonga: Dancing The Melody. Joaquín’s all-time favorite workshop. Discover the important role of melody, and the unique kinds of rhythmic proposals it offers, within the fixed-pattern dance form of Milonga. Many dancers seek to bring more contrast and richness to their dancing of milongas -- here’s how! (Taking Workshop 4--either this year or last year--is a prerequisite for taking Workshop 6.)


Workshop 7: 3:45 - 5:15 pm: Off-Beat in Tango and Milonga: Mysteries of The Missing or Competing Accents.  What are the dancer's possibilities when the accents shift from the first and third beats to the second and fourth? What if the rhythmic accompaniment is marking the strong beats and the melody is marking the weak beats?



Workshops will start promptly at the times listed. Check-in for the workshops will begin 1/2 hour before start times. Please be on time! You don’t want to miss a minute of this!




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Upcoming Events

Tue Dec 23 @ 8:00PM - 01:00AM
Milongas TANGO MIO MILONGA AT CANDELA (formerly Leonardo's)
Tue Dec 30 @ 8:00PM - 01:00AM
Milongas TANGO MIO MILONGA AT CANDELA (formerly Leonardo's)

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